Our Staff


L-R: Laurel Grimes, Angela Hess, Kendra Beeman (missing: Greg Beeman & Joel Smith)

Dr. Rev. Joel Smith

Joel Smith is our Transitional Pastor, he began May 1, 2022 after previous Lead Pastor, John Stoeckle, resigned in good standing as the Lord led he and his wife Lila on to other life and ministry opportunities. Introduction of Joel A. Smith, Transitional Pastor:Joel was born in Lewistown, PA. He’s the youngest of 5 children. […]

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Laurel Grimes

Laurel is passionate about children’s ministry and helping kids to experience God and grow in their personal relationships with Christ. Laurel graduated with a B.S. in Youth and Family Studies from Nyack College in 2018 and has served at First Alliance as their part-time Children’s Discipleship Director ever since. Matthew 18:1-5 is Laurel’s go-to verse […]

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Angela Hess

Angela’s work with student ministries extends over 20 years in the Alliance family. She is passionate about serving the youth and pointing them to Christ in their daily lives. She also loves teaching the Word of God to students in such a way that it causes them to learn. Her favorite verse is Genesis 50:20. This […]

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Greg Beeman

Greg and his wife Kendra have one son, Bryce. Greg will be filling the role of Pastor of Worship during our season of transition as the church searches for their next Lead Pastor.  Greg is also a Real Estate Agent for Howard Hanna. The Beemans live in downtown Harrisburg.

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Office Admins

LuAnn, Judy, Kendra Kendra joined the FAC staff Feb 2021 as the Office Admin and she is in 3 days a week (Mon, Tues & Fri).  Prior to serving here she worked in Christian Camping for 14 years as a program director. Kendra enjoys soccer (both playing and coaching), backpacking, canoeing and spending time with her […]

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